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Special Issue on Advances in Management of Softwarized Networks

The softwarization of networks is enabled by the SDN (Software Defined Networking), NV (Network Virtualization), and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) paradigms and offers many advantages for network operators, service providers and datacenter providers. Given the strong interest in both industry and academia in the softwarization of telecommunication networks and cloud computing infrastructures, this special issue aims at the timely publication of recent innovative research results on this important topic.

In an earlier special issue on this topic in IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, published in September 2016, the main reported research contributions were: SDN control planes optimizations, improvements of OpenFlow network traffic balancing and resilience, SDN traffic management optimizations, novel virtual network embedding algorithms, including algorithms for reliable embedding, efficient NFV resource management and advanced platforms for management of softwarized network systems. There are many more interesting challenges currently being addressed by the research community, which aim at efficient management of softwarized networks and the ability to use them to their full potential.

We welcome submissions addressing the important challenges (cfr. the non-exhaustive list of topics below) and presenting novel research or experimentation results. Survey papers that offer an original perspective on related work and identify key challenges for future research in a novel area will be considered as well.

We look forward to your submissions!

About the special issue
Topics of interest for this special issue, include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Design of architectural building blocks for managing virtualized software-defined systems
  • Management of SDIs (Software-Defined Infrastructures)
  • Resource management for SDN or NFV-based systems
  • Real-time management of softwarized networks
  • SDN control planes optimizations
  • Security management for SDN and NFV-based systems
  • Network Softwarization for 5G
  • Wireless Software Defined Networks
  • Softwarized edge cloud and fog computing infrastructures
  • Management and control of service function chains (SFCs)
  • Composition algorithms and automated deployment for SFCs
  • Algorithms for efficient orchestration
  • Dynamic migration of network functions in NFV-based systems
  • Management of software-defined datacenters
  • Efficient network and service monitoring for SDN or NFV
  • Data analytics for softwarized network and service management
  • Automated configuration and repair of virtualized software-defined systems
  • Algorithms for diagnosis and correlation of events in SDN or NFV-based systems
  • Availability and resilience of virtualized software-defined systems
  • Protection and restoration in SDN/NFV Networks
  • Dynamic resource scaling based on user mobility in SDN and NFV-based systems
  • Management of federated SDN/NFV infrastructures
  • Policy based management in SDN or NFV systems
  • Debugging and introspection of software-defined virtualized systems
  • Detailed experience reports from experimental testbeds
  • Transition strategies from existing networks to SDN/NFV

Papers will be evaluated based on their originality, presentation, relevance and contribution to the field of management of software-defined virtualized systems, as well as their overall quality and suitability for the special issue. The submitted papers must be written in a good English and describe original research which has not been published nor currently under review by other journals or conferences. Previously published conference papers should be clearly identified by the authors at the initial submission stage and an explanation should be provided of how such papers have been extended in order to be considered for this special issue.


Prosper Chemouil
Orange Labs, France

Wolfgang Kellerer
Technical University of Munich, Germany

Kohei Shiomoto
NTT, Japan

Roberto Riggio

Raouf Boutaba
University of Waterloo, Canada

Rafael Pasquini
Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil

Filip De Turck
Ghent University – imec, Belgium

For more information, please contact Filip De Turck (

(* online published version will be available in IEEE Xplore after the camera ready version has been
submitted with final doi)